How have your dreams been lately? Have they been good and happy dreams, or bad and sad dreams? Well, let’s call on Joseph to interpret what message we get from our dreams, if any. Freud tells us that dreams are all forms of “wish fulfillment”, attempts to unconsciously resolve conflict.
I wish I could affirm or dis-affirm that dreams are our unconscious self trying to get word to us, but in all honesty, I can’t. The writer of Genesis seems to believe that dreams are a means for the Great Yahweh to reveal His Will to those who seek to know. Joseph is still held as a prisoner but he did have special standing of the Egyptian Pharaoh. In this prestigious position, Joseph was able to go about serving wherever and whatever the Pharaoh of Egypt desired. While in custody the captian of the guard put the chief cupbearer and the chief baker under the care of Joseph.
While under Joseph’s custody it seems the Pharaoh’s cupbearer and his baker had a dream that they remembered but could not understand. They both were troubled and what made it worse was there was no one who could help them know what their dreams meant. Realizing that Joseph had some sort understanding of dreams, they were directed to him to receive his read on their dream. I thought this comment by Joseph makes more sense to us of this story than anything else.
“Joseph said to them, ‘Do not interpretations belong to God? Please tell them to me.’” They did want to know and then again, maybe not. That’s the way it is with us, is it not. After the thorough examination by your doctor, you may or may not want to hear what he found. After you child was out later than he was supposed to be, you may not want to hear why he came home so late. Sometimes we may have a problem that defies our ability to find a solution to it, so what do we do? Of course, we take it to our pastor to find a solution. You know that your pastor has experienced God’s love in many ways throughout their days. Your pastor should say, “Do not interpretations and all wisdom belong to God? And God is my resource for all things!
Lord God, as we have grown in our faith and knowledge of this wonderful world You have created, we grow in our faith, that all things come to us from Your love. In Christ, it proven to us every day. Through Him we pray Amen.